Summer Music Festival Preview

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It’s the middle of July and that means it’s time to bust out the Ray-Bans, grab the picnic blanket, put on your cut-off shorts, lather up in sunscreen and then run around the city holding the picnic blanket as a cape and shouting, “I am BAN-RAY! Here to save the day! Where hast the evil DENIM THIEF gone, and what did he do with the leg-sleeves of my blue jeans?!? Fear my radioactive-proof skin!”

Or, ya know, you could chill at a music festival. Here are a couple picks from throughout the US of A in the next couple months:

Pitchfork

Chicago, IL • July 19-21

Say what you will about Pitchfork as a publication that doesn’t even get what Childish Gambino’s about man, they sure do know how to put together a surprising lineup. Seeing Belle & Sebastian’s names next to R. Kelly is enough to leave you wondering which moments of high school you’re most nostalgic for: burning CDs for sweethearts or awkwardly grinding on strangers. There are plenty of WESU favorites here: Autre Ne Veut, Foxygen, Chairlift, Toro Y Moi, and Lil B have all been featured in our charts or elsewhere on our Music Director’s Blog. Lil B might just retweet you. I’m also gonna recommend checking out Killer Mike, Mac DeMarco, and Swans to round out your festival weekend with some “Hard-Core G Shit,” some goofball rock, and peculiar epic-ness. This fest should be a whole slew of radically different parties happening at the same time, as long as Pitchfork fans manage to take off their cool jackets for a minute and enjoy themselves—something they’re notorious for avoiding.

Gathering of the Vibes

Bridgeport, CT • July 25-28

Right here in our backyard, you’ll find one of the chillest festivals around. If the name “Gathering of the Vibes” didn’t tip you off to this show’s hippy cred maybe the lineup’s massive “TWO LEGENDARY NIGHTS OF PHIL LESH & FRIENDS” top bill should make it clear that GotV is the place to let your inner Deadhead loose. While this festival embraces the jam as an art form it’s also open-minded about the wide variety of grooves and jams available in this day and age: The Roots never fail to get a crowd bouncing with their Philly hip-hop jamz, The Tedeschi Trucks Band should rep the southern rock jam with pride, The Funky Meters will bring classic funk jams, and Fishbone will likely whip out a ska jam or two. Who’s bringing the peanut butter?  Also, if you want to feel old, no matter how young you are, check out the School of Rock All-Stars, a group of 7-18 year old rock stars shredding through classic rock hits. Also, I’m having a hard time figuring out who will be at this festival and also want to see James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation DJ a “Late-Night Rager,” but that will be happening, so cool beans.

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Documentary Trolls Premiere! – MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

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We hide under the bridges of human relationships…

The first ever WESU Radio Documentary Trolls special will air tonight on WESU Middletown 88.1fm and wesufm.org online. Join us for experiments in audio storytelling! Musical weapons on the subway! Roommate drama in the old folks home! More encounters between people, art, sounds, love, and each other. Don’t miss it!!!

 

Photos and video from WESU Record Fair!

Today’s record fair was a great success! Photos and video courtesy of Dave Bauer.

Record Fair SUNDAY!!! and Zammuto photos!

come buy some records!

come buy some records!

Our record fair is this Sunday and should be oodles and oodles of fun here’s all the info…

Who? Vendors of music in all formats and other mysterious trinkets from all around our area. WESU DJs spinning all-vinyl sets. YOU!!!

What? Vinyl, cassette, dvd, cd, 8track??? You name it, and someone at our record fair will have it. Find that Zappa bootleg you’ve been looking for forever. Pick up your 15 thousandth copy of Bridge Over Troubled Water. All of your musical dreams are here!

Where? Beckham Hall, Fayerweather, Wesleyan University, 55 Wyllys ave. Middletown, Connecticut, United States, North America, Planet Earth, The Solar System, Milky Way Galaxy, Known Universe, Reality

When? This SUNDAY April 7th, 2013 from 11am-4pm

Why? Because you can’t scratch an MP3.

Facebook event!

If you really badly still want a table email lberman@wesleyan.edu and he might be able to squeeze you in.

Hey there Nick Zammy!

Hey there Nick Zammy!

Thanks to everyone who came to see Zammuto, Snowblink, and the Japanese! Click the photo above to see more photos from our friends at Truancy Park. Our apologies to anyone frustrated by Wesleyan students tendency to chat a bit much. Keep an eye out for info about our next concert with Boldy James next Friday April 12th.

3/30 SATURDAY: Zammuto (of The Books) RSVP NOW!

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Free for everyone! If you do not have a Wes ID, please RSVP here.

Zammuto is the new solo project from Nick Zammuto, a former member
of The Books—one of the most acclaimed and innovative groups of the
past decade. In Zammuto’s progressive new endeavor, “dexterous
musicianship and catchy pop writing are upgraded to hyper-reality,”
(Pitchfork) as he mixes digital rhythms with complex orchestration for
an emotionally intese music experience that blurs the line between man
and machine. 12 am

Snowblink is a Toronto based duo dubbed by the CBC
as “one of the most compelling new voices on the Canadian scene” for
their delicate, ethereal sound. 11 pm

The Japanese make paw-stomping space music. 10 pm

WHERE: Eclectic Haus, Wesleyan University, 200 High St. Middletown, CT

Facebook Event

THANK YOU to the Wesleyan Student Assembly Concert Committee, the Student Program Fund, and the Music & Public Life series for making this series possible!

February: WESU Fans Huddle Together For Warmth; Good Times

Ain't No Concerts Like the WESU Concerts cuz the WESU Concerts are in SPACE

Ain’t No Concerts Like the WESU Concerts cuz the WESU Concerts are in SPACE

Thanks to everyone who came to our events this month! We bipped and bopped in new ways, learned what it means to really DO-IT-yourself, and heard a hundred cell-phones ringing at the command of a punk rock legend. Here’s all the fun we had:

The Stepkids // Sidewalk Dave // Featherwood Bee @ Memorial Chapel

Featherwood Bee and Sidewalk Dave rollicked in some good ol’ time rock n’ roll. Then The Stepkids brought us to some deep corner of the galaxy of the soul. You can find some spectacular photos on dear WESU friend and high-stakes photographer Truancy Park’s Facebook. You can read a decidedly unconventional review from Wesleyan campus blog, Wesleying, here.

Thanks to the Wesleyan Concert Committee, the Student Activities and Leadership Department, and TuneIn for support with this series. TuneIn is a service you can use to listen to radio stations from around the world, including WESU, on your smartphones, tablets, and online.

Ian MacKaye @ CFA Hall

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Ian Mackaye shared his sage wisdom and fiercely independent attitude to a loving crowd of students and Connecticut fans. An on-air broadcast of the talk as well as a podcast are coming soon. Click through after the jump to view a photo gallery. You can also check out the Wesleying Review here.

Stay tuned for more awesome WESU events all Spring long! Like us on Facebook and listen to WESU for updates on all these awesome radio parties! Everything WESU does is open to the public!

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